Woman who allegedly overdosed with kids in car charged with endangerment
A Fayette County woman who overdosed on suspected heroin in her vehicle as her children sat strapped in a car seat behind her is charged with child endangerment, police said.
Clara Bass, 34, of 6 Long St., Uledi, is charged by Uniontown police with two counts of child endangerment and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lt. Tom Kolencik said he went to the parking lot of the Uniontown Shopping Center on Morgantown Road at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a woman in cardiac arrest.
He found Bass unconscious in the vehicle and began to pull her out with the intention of starting CPR.
“As I did so, a syringe fell from her arm,” Kolencik said.
Kolencik said he suspected the woman had overdosed on heroin.
Kolencik said two of Bass' children, ages 2 and 4, were in child seats in the back of the vehicle.
“They were surprisingly calm,” Kolencik said. “The 4-year-old did ask, ‘Is my mother breathing yet?' ”
Bass was given a shot of Narcan at the scene by medics. Kolencik said Narcan is used to revive individuals who have overdosed on heroin and other narcotics.
In the ambulance on the way to Uniontown Hospital, Bass asked about her children, Kolencik said.
Police called the children's fathers, who took custody.
Fayette County Children and Youth Services was notified, but the children are expected to remain with their fathers for now, Kolencik said.
Bass was treated at the hospital and released. Charges were filed with Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Vietnam vets from Fayette recall service — and those who didn’t make it home
- Gulf War veteran restores Uniontown mansion
- South Connellsville man has fond memories of service in Navy
- Army unit reunites to honor fallen comrade in Uniontown
- Connellsville WWII veteran recalls close calls as a bomber navigator
- Connellsville board set to tackle budget
- Connellsville building owner uses graffiti to point out unsightly demolition debris
- Keepsake ornament depicts Dunbar church history
- Brownsville Boy Scouts make sure vets are not forgotten
- Vanderbilt council addresses abandoned homes, parking
- Lynn: Memorial Day service to be held in Tri-Town area